Food bank for pets? Girl Scouts make it happen [North Laurel/Savage]

Girl Scout Troop 151 loves animals, so when it came time for this Cadette troop of girls out of Hammond Middle to pick an idea for their Silver Award, they decided they wanted to help pets.

They contacted the Howard County Food Bank about their idea to start collecting dog and cat food for needy families with pets. The Food Bank loved the idea of a Pet Food Bank and the girls have been working hard to raise awareness and money to support their project. They have had meetings with the Food Bank.

Then, in August, they dropped off 80 pounds of dog and cat food at the bank. In September, they collected food and passed out flyers at the Petco in Columbia. What a great idea these girls had.

The troop members are Drew Trumbull, Emma Danaher, Allison Fleming, Julia Yoon and Gabriella DeGrezia. Their leader is Kathy Trumbull with Judy Danaher and Erin Fleming as co-leaders.

Looking for help with simple office work? Atholton High School's Academic Life Skills Classes will offer free folding, stuffing of envelopes, labeling and much more. Work will be well supervised. This is a great way to get free office assistance and to help significantly disabled students to learn life skills. For more information, contact Sharon Cantor at 410-313-7065, ext. 270, or

Success in Style's Pink Bag Lunch is on Oct. 17, not Oct. 27. I wanted to update you with the correct date. I apologize for the mistake and hope everyone helps support this local charity.

The Pink Bag Lunch will be held in the Great Room in the Savage Mill starting at 11:30 a.m. The cost is $35 each or two tickets for $50. The money raised will go to support their efforts to help the jobless by providing training in interview skills and supplying proper clothing. The email address is

Forest Ridge is hosting a movie night for students on Oct. 4. The movie will be "Hotel Transylvania" and starts at 7 p.m.

Bollman Bridge is looking a bit cleaner and greener these days, thanks to about 60 volunteers. The volunteers created three garden beds with labels for the vegetables, removed some invasive plants and planted classroom plants for each homeroom. Watering cans were distributed to help the plants grow. There will soon be beans, peas, lettuce and carrots growing for the school to enjoy.

The volunteers also applied for a grant to build an outdoor classroom to be added in the courtyard. I'll keep you up to date on if it was awarded.

Reservoir High is extra proud of its soccer teams and we should be as well. The Boys team volunteered at the Annual Howard County Police 5K race. The girls volunteered for the Howard County Community Action Council by filling backpacks for needy kids in our schools.

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